On Organizational Robustness: A Conceptual Framework

Yancong Xie, Kevin Desouza, Mohammad Ali Jabbari Sabegh

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Understanding robustness and how organizations can configure and adapt is fundamental for survival. In this paper, we build on the general system theory to conceptualize the underlying mechanisms of organizational robustness. We propose a framework that defines the fundamental notions and typologies of robustness – instrumental, structural, and cognitive robustness. We define mechanisms for these three categories of robustness as strategical mechanisms, functional mechanisms, and infrastructure mechanisms, and we explain how these mechanisms enable proactive, structured, or agile organizational responses to predictable and unpredictable crises.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Robustness
  • Conceptualization
  • Organizational design
  • General systems theory
  • Resilience


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